Allens

Mergers & Acquisitions

With emphasis on quality, innovation and timeliness, we deliver highly successful outcomes in mergers and acquisitions for leading companies in Australia and around the world.

Independent surveys consistently recognise our lawyers as the best M&A advisers in Australia and the Asia region. From Chambers Global 2016 – 'An exceptional, high-quality, professional, timely and very cost-effective offering; they live up to their good reputation.'

Allens is also consistently ranked as a leading firm by league tables. Our team advised on 7 of the 10 largest deals over the past 18 months and finished 1st on Thomson Reuters' league tables for both completed an announced deals for the first half of 2016.

Allens has advised on many of Australia's largest M&A transactions in recent years, demonstrating our team's strength as one of the leading corporate practices in Australia. We are pleased to have played a crucial role in the largest and most complex deals in Australia's corporate history, including:

  • The successful $9 billion consortium bid for Asciano Limited by way of a scheme of arrangement;
  • NSW Government on the A$10.258 billion 99-year lease of TransGrid to the NSW Electricity Networks consortium;
  • QIC's A$7.1 billion sale of Queensland Motorways to a consortium;
  • News Corporation on the separation of its media and entertainment business and its publishing business;
  • Foster's Group's response to the takeover by SABMiller for A$12.3 billion;
  • Wesfarmers' A$20 billion acquisition of Coles;
  • Newcrest Mining's A$9.5 billion merger with Lihir Gold;
  • Rio Tinto's response to BHP's US$192 billion takeover offer;
  • St.George Bank's A$67 billion merger with Westpac Banking Corporation; and
  • ConocoPhillips' A$9 billion joint venture with Origin Energy.

Cross-border M&A is a particular specialisation, involving the co-ordination of large teams across different jurisdictions, regularly working with local counsel. The team also regularly advises private equity clients.

Our strong and enduring relationships with leading financial advisers and regulators, including the Australian Securities & Investments Commission, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, the Takeovers Panel and the Australian Securities Exchange, enable us to play an effective part in any advisory team.